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Think Tank Retreat / RMA Architects

© Romil Sheth
© Romil Sheth
  • Architects: RMA Architects
  • Location: Valpoi, Goa, India
  • Architect In Charge: Rahul Mehrotra
  • Consultants: Sewri Consultants (P)Ltd., Riyaz Rangawala, Sunil Services, Aseem Merchant
  • Area: 1685.25 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Romil Sheth, Rajesh Vora, Courtesy of RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora © Romil Sheth © Romil Sheth © Romil Sheth

Aranya House / Modo designs

  • Architects: Modo designs
  • Location: Aranya, India
  • Architect In Charge: Arpan Shah
  • Area: 5850.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit

© Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit © Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit © Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit © Vishal Solanki / Radhika Pandit

Magic Bus / RMA Architects

© Rahul Mehrotra © Rahul Mehrotra © Ariel Huber Courtesy of RMA Architects

House in a Tea Garden / RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rahul Mehrotra © Rajesh Vora

Designing the Future of Design: An Interview with Kumar Vyas by Victoria Lautman

 Sketch of an eight petalled  lotus, the inspiration for Vyas' design of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. Image Courtesy of Kumar Vyas.
Sketch of an eight petalled lotus, the inspiration for Vyas' design of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. Image Courtesy of Kumar Vyas.

“What do we mean by education?” “What is design?” “Can design be taught?”

These were some of the questions a small group of innovative pioneers - huddled in the attic of Le Corbusier’s Sanskar Kendra museum - asked themselves when they set about creating what would become the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, India’s first design school. The year was 1962, and not only were there no designers in the country, the profession of design, for Indians, simply did not exist. 

One of these pioneers - who would head the industrial design department, help formulate the school’s curriculum, and train its faculty members - was Kumar Vyas. Born in 1929, Vyas remained at NID for three decades, and continues to work from his office on the campus he helped create. His numerous articles and books were essential to establishing India’s current design-rich environment; two years ago, he received the prestigious Sir Misha Black Medal for Excellence in Design Education. 

Vyas’ experience designing a design education is not only a fascinating journey, but also a source of inspiration - if architecture education took Vyas’ lessons to heart, and re-examined itself from square one, how would it be different?  Read Victoria Lautman’s interview with Vyas after the break, and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Motisons Tower / Kothari Associates

  • Architects: Kothari Associates
  • Location: Jaipur, India
  • Director: Utkarsh Kothari
  • Chief Architect: Ravindra Verma
  • Senior Architect: Rajesh Singh
  • Area: 50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Kothari Associates

Courtesy of Kothari Associates Courtesy of Kothari Associates Courtesy of Kothari Associates Courtesy of Kothari Associates

Atali Ganga / RLDA

  • Architects: RLDA
  • Location: Rishikesh
  • Architect In Charge: Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh
  • Design Team: Rahoul Singh, Lakshmi Chand Singh, Kushal Lachchwani, Sajal Das, Ajay Saini
  • Structural: S.D Construction
  • Area: 2045.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Asif Khan

Courtesy of Asif Khan Courtesy of Asif Khan Courtesy of Asif Khan Courtesy of Asif Khan

CSMVS - Visitor Centre at the Prince of Wales Museum / RMA Architects

© Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora © Rajesh Vora

Nirvana Film Office / SJK Architects

  • Architects: SJK Architects
  • Location: Bangalore, India
  • Design Team: Shimul Javeri Kadri, Sarika Shetty, Roshni Kshirsagar, Poonam Sachdev
  • Area: 8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri

© Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri © Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri © Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri © Pallon Daruwalla & Shimul Javeri Kadri

The Brick House / Hiren Patel Architects

© Sebastian Zachariah
© Sebastian Zachariah
  • Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Architect In Charge: Hiren Patel
  • Area: 335.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

© Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah © Sebastian Zachariah

Hotel Avasa / Nandu Associates

  • Architects: Nandu Associates
  • Location: Madhapur, Hyderabad, India
  • Team: B. Nanda Kumar, Ankita Gupta, B.H.Ravi Shankar, B.Naveen Reddy
  • Area: 8179.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutam

© Bharath Ramamrutam © Bharath Ramamrutam © Bharath Ramamrutam © Bharath Ramamrutam

Nirma Vidyavihar / Apurva Amin Architects

  • Architects: Apurva Amin Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, India
  • Structural Consultant: Saurachana Strucon
  • Landscape Consultant: Apurva Amin Architects
  • Civil Contractor: Tricon, Tejas Shah
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects Courtesy of Apurva Amin Architects

Vasant Vihar Residence / Vir.Mueller architects

  • Architects: Vir.Mueller architects
  • Location: New Delhi, India
  • Partners In Charge: Christine Mueller & Pankaj Vir Gupta
  • Project Team: Harsh Vardhan Jain, Hillary Collins, Saurabh Jain, Kai Pedersen, Mansi Maheshwari, Laura Blosser, Elizabeth Shaw, Vijender Singh Rana
  • Area: 4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects

Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects Courtesy of Vir.Mueller architects

India's Evolution vs. China's Revolution

This article, by Austin Williams, originally appeared in The Asian Age as "India, China: Talk of the Town." Williams is the co-author of Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs and director of the Future Cities Project. He teaches architecture and urban studies at XJTL University in Suzhou, China. Email him at futurecitiesproject@gmail.com

As an architect living in Suzhou, just outside Shanghai, I have become blasé about the skyline being transformed before my very eyes. The classic view of Shanghai’s towering waterfront may not represent great architecture, but it’s impressive all the same… and constantly improving. In most cities across China it is the same story: high-speed construction activity, modernisation, transformation and skyscrapers everywhere. There is a palpable sense of opportunity pending — what the émigrés to America must have felt when arriving in New York 100 years ago. 

While many Western commentators point to the failures (the accidents, the pollution and the corruption) with an unremitting Schadenfreude, China marches on. Where else can you watch a modern city grow and change in real time? Where else, indeed? 

Read more of Austin Williams' account of the different kinds of urban development happening in China and India, after the break...

Bapagrama Stone House / Pragrup

  • Architects: Pragrup
  • Location: Bangalore, India
  • Design Team: Ravindra Kumar, Mahaveer Bhurat, Kavitha C. A., Lekha Nanjaiah
  • Structural Consultants: Pragrup
  • Area: 0.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pragrup

Courtesy of Pragrup Courtesy of Pragrup Courtesy of Pragrup Courtesy of Pragrup

Dual House / VPA Architects

  • Architects: VPA Architects
  • Location: Ahmedabad, India
  • Area: 1,000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of VPA Architects

Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects Courtesy of VPA Architects